TPWD District Fisheries Office

3407-A S. Chadbourne
San Angelo, Texas 76903
(325) 651-5556
Lynn Wright, Biologist

About the Area

Local Information

  • Robert Lee City Hall
    (325) 453-2831

Nearby State Parks


Lake E.V. Spence

Quick Links: Fishing Regulations | Angling Opportunities | Cover & Structure | Tips & Tactics

Lake Characteristics

Location: On the Colorado River in Coke County, 2 miles west of Robert Lee
Surface area: 14,640 acres
Maximum depth: 108 feet
Impounded: 1969

Water Conditions

Current Lake Level
Conservation Pool Elevation: 1,898 ft. msl
Fluctuation: 6-10 ft. annually
Normal Clarity: Clear at the dam, more turbid upstream

Reservoir Controlling Authority

Colorado River Municipal Water District (CRMWD)
PO Box 869
Big Spring, Texas 79721-0869
(432) 267-6341

Aquatic Vegetation


Predominant Fish Species

Lake Records
Current Fishing Report
Stocking History
Latest Survey Report

Lake Maps

Free maps showing recreation areas are available from the controlling authority and from marinas and businesses that sell access permits.

Fishing Regulations

All species are currently managed under statewide regulations.

Angling Opportunities

After severe golden-alga fish kills in the early 2000s, this fishery is making a comeback with anglers able to harvest legal size channel catfish. Largemouth bass are abundant and most should reach legal size this year.

Species Poor Fair Good Excellent
Largemouth Bass   yes    
Catfish   yes    
Crappie yes      
White Bass yes      
Striped Bass yes      
Sunfish yes      
Fishing Cover/Structure

Structure varies from steep rocky bluffs to river and creek channels and coves to mud flats.

Tips & Tactics

Largemouth bass are caught by fishing minnows, crank-baits, spinner baits, plastic worms, and top-water baits around the areas with rocks, flooded terrestrial vegetation, or drop-offs. Catfishes are caught on live bait and cut bait throughout the reservoir.